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GA Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the time commitment involved, graduate assistants at Nova Southeastern University are not permitted to simultaneously hold outside employment.

Graduate assistants are not required to live on campus.

Although all graduate students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships, preference will be given to those candidates that are accepted and enrolled in the Master of Science in College Student Affairs program in the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice

Yes, international students on F-1 visas are eligible to be graduate assistants. Graduate assistants in F-1 status may never work more than 20 hours a week while classes are in sessions. Per federal regulations, F-1 students must be enrolled in a full course of study every fall and winter semester and all students working on campus (including GAs) must also meet the Office of Student Employment’s full-time enrollment requirements. Additionally, any individual who is classified as a “Non-Resident Alien” (NRA) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be subject to a 14% tax on all scholarships issued for the purposes of non-qualified expenses. Qualified expenses are tuition, fees and books. International students with additional questions may contact the Office of International Affairs at

All graduate assistants on a 12-month contract are permitted to take 15 vacation/personal days per year. All vacation/personal days must gain prior approval from a supervisor.

Nova Southeastern University is located less than 10 miles to the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, and approximately 30 miles from the Miami International Airport.

Nova Southeastern University is located less than 10 miles from Dania beach, approximately 15 miles from Ft. Lauderdale beach, and approximately 25 miles from South Beach in Miami.

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